Meta Digest #16

Sony collaborates with Theta Labs to launch 3D NFT

Sony and the Theta Labs blockchain network will collaborate to launch NFTs that can be viewed through “augmented reality”. The Sony Spatial Reality Display is a monitor that allows you to see in 3D, without the need for additional accessories.

The device tracks pupil movements and adjusts the display based on body movements. The companies see this as the prospect of creating a bridge that will link the NFT industry and the metaverse with its 3D bias.

So far this is only a pilot project, but it’s likely that a large-scale one should be expected in the near future.

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Lost Egon Schiele painting to be auctioned as NFT

The work of the great modernist artist depicting his uncle at the piano has been found 100 years later. “Leopold Czihaczek at the Piano” from 1907 is being exhibited at the museum in Vienna, and will also be minted by French start-up LaCollection.

As part of the collection, there will be a total of 24 Schiele’s paintings. Sales from the digital paintings will go toward the restoration and development of the artist’s collection at the museum.

NFT sales will take place May 16–26 at LaCollection.

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NASA creates the MarsXR Metaverse

NASA has partnered with Epic Games and Buendea to launch the Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, modeled on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.

MarsXR has already created a realistic image of the planet: cycles of Martian day and night, weather conditions, gravity, and 400 km2 of explored Martian surface.

NASA is looking for developers through the crowdsourcing platform Herox. Tech experts are invited to help design virtual reality scenarios for use in preparing and training astronauts for extravehicular activities on the Mars surface.

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Co:Create project has raised $25 million to create an infrastructure layer for NFT initiatives

A16Z, Autograph, Not Boring Capital, VaynerFund and RTFKT invested $25 million in the Co:Create startup. The project is aimed to use its “factory method” protocol to help NFT projects launch their tokens, manage DAOs and even generate smart contracts.

“We want the NFT to do more than just sit in your wallet, in a thoughtful way that makes it a utility and not a security,” said Tara Fung, CEO of Co:Create. The initial version of the protocol will be launched this fall.

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RTFKT and NFT Worlds collaboration

On Saturday, RTFKT Studios CTO Samuel Cardillo confirmed that the team is working with NFT Worlds. He revealed this in a reply to a user on Twitter, telling that they already have a work in progress. The only thing is, the company hasn’t announced it publicly.

There’s no idea yet of what this collaboration will look like, but hot announcements are likely just around the corner.

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NFTs on Instagram coming soon

On March 16, Mark Zuckerberg announced in an interview with SXSW that Meta plans to introduce NFTs to Instagram, promising to announce the feature within a few months.

Meta is working on supporting NFTs on Instagram on Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, and Flow blockchains. A small number of U.S. users will participate in the pilot program. In addition, Instagram plans to connect popular cryptocurrency wallets such as MetaMask. The social network itself, unlike Twitter, will not charge users for uploading and exchanging NFTs.

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Google is building a team focused on Web 3

The team will create services for developers using blockchain applications run by Google Cloud. Thus, initial efforts may include better management of blockchain nodes and software introduction to explore blockchain data in third-party applications.

In an email sent to employees, Google Cloud vice president Amit Zavery said, “While the world is still early in its embrace of Web3, it is a market that is already demonstrating tremendous potential with many customers asking us to increase our support for Web3 and Crypto related technologies”.

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